Pre-Hajj flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines ended on Monday after the national flag carrier transported a total of 64,873 pilgrims from Dhaka to Jeddah.
Meanwhile, around 400 pilgrims couldn’t reach Saudi Arabia for performing Hajj this year due to issues relating to visa and ticket.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon came up with the disclosure at a press briefing held at the secretariat on Monday.
“A total of 1,27,500 pilgrims were supposed to go Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj. Of them, 1,27,103 managed to go there while 397 failed to make it,” said Menon.
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According to Hajj flight schedule, Biman was supposed to carry 63,599 pilgrims, but it transported 64,873 pilgrims.
The national carrier operated a total of 187 Hajj flights to carry the pilgrims.
Meanwhile, Biman was forced to cancel 24 dedicated Hajj flights due to passenger shortage.
Biman’s last flight left Dhaka on Monday morning which carried 418 pilgrims.
The return flight with hajjis would start on September 6 and it will continue till October 5.